UNICEF in education
Education is a fundamental human right. It benefits not only individual children, but also their families and communities for generations to come. It provides a foundation for sustainable economic and social development and can be a catalyst for peace. That is why reaching the most disadvantaged children is a key goal of UNICEF education work.
§ The number of primary school-age children who are out-of-school has been reduced from 105 million in 1990 to 61 million in 2010.
§ Enrolment in primary education in developing regions reached 90 per cent in 2010, up from 82 per cent in 1999, which means more children than ever are attending primary school.
§ Gender gaps in youth literacy rates are also narrowing. Globally, there were 95 literate young women for every 100 young men in 2010, compared with 90 women in 1990.
§ All 94 Orang Asli primary schools in West Malaysia were provided with storybooks based on Orang Asli folklore, as part of a joint project between UNICEF and its government and corporate partners. Their teachers received training to help them improve students' oral communication and writing skills.
§ The UNICEF-supported Individualised Education Plan (IEP) pilot project was carried out in 48 schools in the country, offering a systematic framework and guidelines for the education of children with special needs.
§ With UNICEF support, a database that links to the Malaysian Ministry of Education's Education Management Information System (EMIS) was developed to track out-of-school children.